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BGSU freshman charged with rape

A University student has been charged with rape by The Bowling Green Police following an incident that happened during opening weekend.

William D. Jackson, 20, a resident of McDonald East, was charged with the 1st degree felony on Tuesday afternoon, said Maj. Tony Hetrick, deputy chief of police.

Jackson allegedly was involved in the rape of a 19-year-old female early Sunday morning within the 800 block of E. Wooster St.

The victim was transported to Wood County Hospital, was treated and released, Hetrick said.

Jackson, a freshman, was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center on Tuesday afternoon, Hetrick said.

“In this circumstance, alcohol was a factor,” Hetrick said, referring to the victim, who, according to police, was allegedly intoxicated beyond consent.

Hetrick advises that if people are drinking, to look out for each other and stay safe.

“This is unfortunate this happened,” he said. “We are not starting the year off on a good note. These are the problems alcohol brings and this is a stark reminder.”

Besides criminal prosecution, because Jackson is a student, he will go through the University disciplinary process, said Michael Ginsburg, associate dean of students. This includes a meeting with the student to get his perspective and a possible meeting with the University Conduct Committee to determine what course of action to take, Ginsburg said.

Jackson’s arraignment in Bowling Green municipal court is scheduled for Wednesday, Hetrick said.

“We investigate these cases and charge them appropriately,” Hetrick said. “There’s no excuse for these kind of activities.”

Investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to a press release from the police.

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